If we want excellence in our schools, we have to provide a system with the incentives, enablers and rewards for improvement built in.
The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.
A focus on phonics may be the cure to Australia's literacy woes.
Images of Castro as either a monster or saviour miss the mark, but his commitment to literacy and culture is undeniable.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
For subjects mired in jargon and technical words, what role does language play in breaking down obstacles to communication and understanding.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
A key argument in support of the jury system is that it is a valued form of citizen participation in democracies. But the system has led to human rights abuses in Ghana.
Parents are sending their children to private pre-school programs as a way to ensure they are ready to start school. But are these effective?
The Productivity Commission has said that education spending has substantially increased over the last decade but student achievement has shown little or no improvement. Is that true?
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
It is not reasonable for politicians to say NAPLAN results have plateaued, because comparisons from year to year are not reliably accurate.
Teaching graduates are expected to meet new test standard from July 1 this year.
Average NAPLAN results don’t tell the full story. Diving into the details is essential if we are to understand what is going on in Australian education.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
Students from non-English speaking backgrounds learn differently depending on the types and number of languages they speak and are literate in.
A great deal of thinking about Cuba's education system originated from one man. So who was José Martí, and what can his ideas about values education teach other countries?
Research shows linking teachers’ pay to performance has little impact on student achievement. Similar tests to the ones the government proposes for young children now face a backlash in the UK and US.
The Grattan Institute's new report, Widening Gaps, invites us to think differently about how to measure student progress and tackle entrenched inequalities in achievement.
There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.